<![CDATA[MMA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Stevie Ray vs. Paul Felder UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/07/16/stevie-ray-vs-paul-felder-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Stevie Ray and Paul Felder fight Sunday during UFC Fight Night 113 at The SSE Hydro.

Stevie Ray enters this fight with a 21-6 record and has won 38 percent of his fights by submission. Ray has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a April win over Joe Lauzon. Ray is averaging 3.73 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.4 percent. Ray is averaging 0.43 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Ray has lost just one fight over the last three years and will fight for the third time since November. Ray…

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Stevie Ray and Paul Felder fight Sunday during UFC Fight Night 113 at The SSE Hydro.

Stevie Ray enters this fight with a 21-6 record and has won 38 percent of his fights by submission. Ray has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a April win over Joe Lauzon. Ray is averaging 3.73 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.4 percent. Ray is averaging 0.43 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Ray has lost just one fight over the last three years and will fight for the third time since November. Ray is an athletic, balanced fighter who is an accurate striker but can also hold his own on the canvas despite being submitted four times. Ray should live his chances as long as he's the aggressor and dictates the pace of the fight. Ray has fought most his fights in Scotland, his birthplace.

Paul Felder enters this fight with a 13-3 record and has won 62 percent of his fights by knockout. Felder has split his last six fights and is coming off a February win over Alessandro Ricci. Felder is averaging 3.4 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.9 percent. Felder is averaging 0.46 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37.5 percent. Felder has been hit or miss the last couple of years but is coming off a nasty knockout that earned him performance of the night. Felder is what he is, as he's a striker at heart who is creative and can produce a knockout at any point. Whether he's standing up, in the clinch or executing ground and pound, Felder just needs one strike to change the whole fight. Four of Felder’s last seven wins have ended in knockout. This will be Felder’s first fight in Scotland.

Neither one of these fighters has has much recent success in takedowns, so we could get an old fashioned striking battle until one of these guys hits the canvas. These guys measure up pretty much the same, but it's Felder who is usually always the aggressor and is the much harder striker between the two. It's in Ray's best interest to clinch and possibly get this fight to the canvas, but Felder is also better at defending the takedown and is so creative with his striking attack that it's always dangerous when rushing in. This is an interesting and toss-up fight in my eyes, but I give the edge to Felder.

I like the American to upset the home crowd.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:30:28 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88146
<![CDATA[Joanne Calderwood vs. Cynthia Calvillo UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/07/16/joanne-calderwood-vs-cynthia-calvillo-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Joanne Calderwood and Cynthia Calvillo fight Sunday during UFC Fight Night 113 at The SSE Hydro.

Joanne Calderwood enters this fight with a 11-2 record and has won 55 percent of her fights by decision. Calderwood has split her last four fights and is coming off a September loss to Jessica Andrade. Calderwood is averaging 6.92 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 54.4 percent. Calderwood is averaging 2.46 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 57.1 percent. Calderwood hopes to get back on track, as she's been submitted…

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Joanne Calderwood and Cynthia Calvillo fight Sunday during UFC Fight Night 113 at The SSE Hydro.

Joanne Calderwood enters this fight with a 11-2 record and has won 55 percent of her fights by decision. Calderwood has split her last four fights and is coming off a September loss to Jessica Andrade. Calderwood is averaging 6.92 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 54.4 percent. Calderwood is averaging 2.46 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 57.1 percent. Calderwood hopes to get back on track, as she's been submitted twice in her last four fights and is fresh off a bout in which she was dominated. Calderwood is a proven grappler and can hold her own on the canvas, but she's more effective on her feet where she lands accurate strikes and powerful leg kicks. Calderwood has a deep kickboxing background and is highly experienced in Muay Thai, and five of her last seven wins have come by decision. This will be Calderwood’s fourth fight in Scotland, her birthplace.

Cynthia Calvillo enters this fight with a 5-0 record and has won 40 percent of her fights by knockout. This will be Calvillo’s fourth fight this year and is coming off a April win over Pearl Gonzalez. Calvillo is averaging 3.69 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 32.3 percent. Calvillo is averaging 1.76 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Calvillo has been on a roll since turning pro last August and looks for her biggest victory of her career at nearly 30 years old. Calvillo has proven to be a solid striker with potential knockout power, but she's best known for her grappling ability and her two UFC victories have come by submission. Calvillo has finished seven of her 11 opponents when you include her amateur career. This will be Calvillo’s first fight outside of the United States.

Calderwood is obviously the more experienced fighter who is also slighter bigger than Calvillo in height and reach advantage. Calderwood will also have the home crowd of Scotland behind her, a place she's never lost even when you throw in her kickboxing fights. However, Calvillo has shown she's capable of holding her own standing up, and she's deadly when she's grappling and going in for the takedown. Calderwood isn't the best when it comes to defending the takedown, and that's where Calvillo can have a serious advantage and win the fight.

This may be the unpopular pick, but I like the American in this fight. 

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:48:53 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88143
<![CDATA[Gunnar Nelson vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/07/16/gunnar-nelson-vs-santiago-ponzinibbio-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio fight Sunday during UFC Fight Night 113 at The SSE Hydro.

Gunnar Nelson enters this fight with a 16-2-1 record and has won 69 percent of his fights by submission. Nelson has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a March win over Alan Jouban. Nelson is averaging 1.98 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 56.5 percent. Nelson is averaging 1.67 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 62.5 percent. Nelson has won his last two fights since his 2015 loss to Demian Maia and earned…

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Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio fight Sunday during UFC Fight Night 113 at The SSE Hydro.

Gunnar Nelson enters this fight with a 16-2-1 record and has won 69 percent of his fights by submission. Nelson has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a March win over Alan Jouban. Nelson is averaging 1.98 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 56.5 percent. Nelson is averaging 1.67 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 62.5 percent. Nelson has won his last two fights since his 2015 loss to Demian Maia and earned performance of the night in both bouts. Everyone knows what they're getting with Nelson in the octagon, as he's a fabulous grappler who is highly successful with takedowns, and his last five wins have come by submission. Nelson has never been finished in his career and is proven nearly unbeatable if he gets the fight where he wants it. This will be Nelson’s first fight in Scotland.

Santiago Ponzinibbio enters this fight with a 24-3 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Ponzinibbio has won his last four fights and is coming off a February win over Nordine Taleb. Ponzinibbio is averaging 4.03 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 38.5 percent. Ponzinibbio is averaging 0.19 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 16.6 percent. Ponzinibbio hasn't lost since his 2015 fight with Lorenz Larkin and looks for probably the biggest win of his career. Ponzinibbio is an aggressive volume striker who uses his legs well and has a reach of 73 inches. Ponzinibbio has finished 11 of his last 14 opponents and has never lost himself by submission. This will be Ponzinibbio’s first fight in Scotland.

Ponzinibbio has the advantage in size and striking ability, but he's sure to struggle with the grappling and ground game of Nelson. Gunni isn't going to fall into the trap of a stand up fight and allow Ponzinibbio to get comfortable. Nelson is going to make Ponzinibbio fight out of the clinch, and that limits his striking ability and takes away his movement, the two things that make him so effective. It’s likely going to be a frustrating fight for Ponzinibbio.

This is a fight that favors Nelson, and he should win in impressive fashion.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:18:37 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88137
<![CDATA[Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Curtis Blaydes UFC 213 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/07/08/daniel-omielanczuk-vs-curtis-blaydes-ufc-213-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Daniel Omielanczuk and Curtis Blaydes fight Saturday during UFC 213 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Daniel Omielanczuk enters this fight with a 19-7-1 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by submission. Omielanczuk has split last eight fights and is coming off a March loss to Timothy Johnson. Omielanczuk is averaging 3.04 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 62.8 percent. Omielanczuk is averaging 0.65 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 28.5 percent. Omielanczuk looks to snap a two-fight losing streak and is fresh off…

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Daniel Omielanczuk and Curtis Blaydes fight Saturday during UFC 213 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Daniel Omielanczuk enters this fight with a 19-7-1 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by submission. Omielanczuk has split last eight fights and is coming off a March loss to Timothy Johnson. Omielanczuk is averaging 3.04 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 62.8 percent. Omielanczuk is averaging 0.65 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 28.5 percent. Omielanczuk looks to snap a two-fight losing streak and is fresh off a tight decision a couple months ago. Omielanczuk has proven to be a very accurate striker during his time in the UFC, which is a change for somebody who has nine career submission victories. Omielanczuk is a well conditioned fighter with a strong stand up game and has won 10 of his last 13 fights by stoppage. This will be Omielanczuk’s second fight in the United States.

Curtis Blaydes enters this fight with a 7-1 record and has won 86 percent of his fights by knockout. Blaydes has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a February win over Adam Milstead. Blaydes is averaging 4.39 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 58.7 percent. Blaydes is averaging 9.78 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 68.1 percent. Blaydes looks to keep climbing that UFC ladder after a decent 2-1 start and all of his fights ending in knockout. Blaydes has made it clear he's going to dictate the ace in a fight by being the aggressor, as he has 15 takedowns in three fights and has displayed great ground and pound. Blaydes has made it past the second round just once in his career and doesn’t waste much time setting the tone early. This will be Blaydes’ first fight in Las Vegas.

Omielanczuk has struggled in his last couple of fights and is now dealing with an aggressive fighter who is four inches taller and has a six inch reach advantage. Blaydes is more than capable of winning the battle standing up and should also have a considerable edge on the canvas where he can put to work a very effective ground and pound attack. This just doesn't feel like a good fight despite Omielanczuk’s conditioning.

I like Blaydes to get the victory here.

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:43:41 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87996
<![CDATA[Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Rob Font UFC 213 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/07/08/douglas-silva-de-andrade-vs-rob-font-ufc-213-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Douglas Silva de Andrade and Rob Font fight Saturday during UFC 213 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Douglas Silva de Andrade enters this fight with a 24-1 record and has won 79 percent of his fights by knockout. de Andrade has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a November win over Enrique Briones. de Andrade is averaging 3.24 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 35.7 percent. de Andrade is averaging 0.35 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. de Andrade is 2-1 in the UFC and will fight for the second…

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Douglas Silva de Andrade and Rob Font fight Saturday during UFC 213 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Douglas Silva de Andrade enters this fight with a 24-1 record and has won 79 percent of his fights by knockout. de Andrade has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a November win over Enrique Briones. de Andrade is averaging 3.24 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 35.7 percent. de Andrade is averaging 0.35 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. de Andrade is 2-1 in the UFC and will fight for the second time in over two years. de Andrade has built the reputation of being a great striker who has 19 knockouts under his belt and is landing 93 percent of his strikes standing up in the UFC level. As long as de Andrade can avoid the takedowns and put his power to work, he has a great chance to get his 25th career victory. This will be de Andrade’s first fight in the United States.

Rob Font enters this fight with a 13-2 record and has won 46 percent of his fights by knockout. Font has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a December win over Matt Schnell. Font is averaging 4.29 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.4 percent. Font is averaging 0.99 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 22.2 percent. Font has lost just one fight in the last few years and is coming off a nasty first round knockout. Font is a well conditioned fighter who has one punch knockout power and has finished each of his last five opponents. Both of Font’s losses have come in decision, so it takes a lot to counter the soon to be 30-year-old. This will be Font’s third fight in Las Vegas.

de Andrade has the advantage in power striking, but Font is more than capable of holding his own standing up and has a three inch reach advantage over the Brazilian. Font is also the better grappler and the more conditioned fighter, who could wear down de Andrade and make his strikes ineffective in the later rounds. de Andrade is always one strike away from a victory, but this feels like a tough fight for him to win if Font brings in the right game plan.

I like Font to win this fight.

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:54:21 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87993
<![CDATA[Thiago Santos vs. Gerald Meerschaert UFC 213 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/07/08/thiago-santos-vs-gerald-meerschaert-ufc-213-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Thiago Santos and Gerald Meerschaert fight Saturday during UFC 213 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Thiago Santos enters this fight with a 14-5 record and has won 64 percent of his fights by knockout. Santos has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a February win over Jack Marshman. Santos is averaging 3.35 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.9 percent. Santos is averaging 0.57 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 28.5 percent. Santos is coming off a fight in which he earned performance of the night honors and…

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Thiago Santos and Gerald Meerschaert fight Saturday during UFC 213 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Thiago Santos enters this fight with a 14-5 record and has won 64 percent of his fights by knockout. Santos has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a February win over Jack Marshman. Santos is averaging 3.35 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.9 percent. Santos is averaging 0.57 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 28.5 percent. Santos is coming off a fight in which he earned performance of the night honors and will fight for the fifth time since last May. Santos is quite the athlete in the octagon, as he has knockout striking power and loves using kicks similar to the one that produced his last victory. Santos has won seven of his last eight fights by knockout and always likes his chances when standing up. This will be Santos’ fifth fight in Las Vegas.

Gerald Meerschaert enters this fight with a 26-8 record and has won 73 percent of his fights by submission. Meerschaert has won his last seven fights and is coming off a February win over Ryan Janes. Meerschaert is averaging 2.95 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.5 percent. Meerschaert is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Meerschaert still hasn't lost a fight since his 2014 loss to Sam Alvey and is 2-0 in UFC. Meerschaert is an aggressive grappler who has landed a combined 23 strikes in his last two fights and has won his last four bouts by submission. In fact, 26 of Meerschaert’s 34 fights overall have ended in submission, so everybody in the building knows his game plan. This will be Meerschaert’s first fight in Las Vegas.

Anytime you have a striker against a grappler, I tend to give the guy with the better ground game the advantage. No matter how talented Santos is with his strikes and his leg kicks, he’s going to be in trouble if Meerschaert is able to get him in the clinch and execute a takedown. Meerschaert usually gets the fight where he wants it, and he's never been knocked out in a fight despite eight losses. Santos has also been taken down 28 percent of the time on the UFC level. So, while Santos is the more entertaining and a KO would be fun to see, this is a light that favors Meerschaert.

I like the American to find a way to win this fight.

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:36:17 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87990
<![CDATA[Chad Laprise vs. Brian Camozzi UFC 213 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/07/08/chad-laprise-vs-brian-camozzi-ufc-213-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Chad Laprise and Brian Camozzi fight Saturday during UFC 213 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Chad Laprise enters this fight with a 12-2 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Laprise has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a August win over Thibault Gouti. Laprise is averaging 4.56 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.1 percent. Laprise is averaging 0.93 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Laprise looks for a nice victory here before turning 31 years old in a couple of weeks. Laprise…

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Chad Laprise and Brian Camozzi fight Saturday during UFC 213 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Chad Laprise enters this fight with a 12-2 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Laprise has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a August win over Thibault Gouti. Laprise is averaging 4.56 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.1 percent. Laprise is averaging 0.93 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Laprise looks for a nice victory here before turning 31 years old in a couple of weeks. Laprise is primarily a striker who lands 91 percent of his strikes standing up and has produced five knockouts throughout his career. Laprise has executed just four takedowns in his last six fights and isn't the best wrestler in the world, so he wants a fight standing up. This will be Laprise’s first fight in the United States.

Brian Camozzi enters this fight with a 7-3 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by submission. Camozzi has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a December loss to Randy Brown. Camozzi is averaging 1.71 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 31.4 percent. Camozzi is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Camozzi lost his UFC debut in which he landed just 11 significant strikes and was knocked out in the second round. It certainly wasn't Camozzi’s best work, but this is somebody who knows how to finish fights, as all seven of his wins have come by knockout or submission. Camozzi is a balanced fighter who has a long reach of 78 inches and has three knockout victories. This will be Camozzi’s first fight in the Las Vegas.

Laprise could have the advantage standing up here with his balanced striking attack, but Camozzi has more vertiy to his game and will make life difficult for the Canadian with hi grappling and takedowns. Also, Camozzi has a considerable seven inch reach advantage and is four inches taller, which has to make him the favorite given the overwhelming size. It's going to be an uphill battle for Laprise to find ways around the towering Camozzi, and he’ll feel the effects even more if this fight is taken to the canvas.

I like Camozzi to get the job done in this fight.

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:54:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87987
<![CDATA[Gray Maynard vs. Teruto Ishihara UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/7/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/07/07/gray-maynard-vs-teruto-ishihara-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Gray Maynard and Teruto Ishihara fight Friday during The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale at the T-Mobile Arena.

Gray Maynard enters this fight with a 13-7-1 record and has won 85 percent of his fights by decision. Maynard has lost four of his last five fights and is coming off a December loss to Ryan Hall. Maynard is averaging 1.97 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 31.6 percent. Maynard is averaging 2.48 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 41.4 percent. Maynard could use a win here after losing six of his last eight fights…

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Gray Maynard and Teruto Ishihara fight Friday during The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale at the T-Mobile Arena.

Gray Maynard enters this fight with a 13-7-1 record and has won 85 percent of his fights by decision. Maynard has lost four of his last five fights and is coming off a December loss to Ryan Hall. Maynard is averaging 1.97 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 31.6 percent. Maynard is averaging 2.48 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 41.4 percent. Maynard could use a win here after losing six of his last eight fights and his only recent win coming against Fernando Bruno. You know what you're getting with Maynard, as he's a well conditioned grinder who wants to grapple, clinch, get the takedown and wrestle his way to victory. A total of 12 of Maynard’s 20 fights have ended in a decision, so it's all about conditioning with the 38-year-old. This will be Maynard’s 10th fight in Las Vegas.

Teruto Ishihara enters this fight with a 10-3-1 record and has won 90 percent of his fights by knockout. Ishihara has split his last six fights and is coming off a November loss to Artem Lobov. Ishihara is averaging 4.62 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.4 percent. Ishihara is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Ishihara enters this fight 2-1-1 in the UFC and looks to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time. Ishihara has proven to be an accurate and powerful striker with eight of his wins coming by knockout, and he has a strong left hand with one punch KO potential. Ishihara has yet to produce a takedown at the UFC level, so his ground game has yet to really be tested, but he's a tough out when standing up. This will be Ishihara’s third fight in the United States.

This is a fight Maynard should feel somewhat confident in if he can clinch and execute takedowns. He wants a fight on the canvas and could certainly take Ishihara out of his comfort zone if he can find success in those areas. The problem is Maynard has struggled with solid strikers in the past and four of his six losses have come by knockouts. Ishihara is one of the more dangerous strikers Maynard has seen in awhile, and he's a much younger, quicker fighter than the American. Maynard has had a hard time finding his form over the years, and I’m not sure he has what it takes to beat Ishihara at this stage of his career.

Close fight, but I like Ishihara to prevail.

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 02:18:24 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87912
<![CDATA[Jordan Mein vs. Belal Muhammad UFC 213 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/07/08/jordan-mein-vs-belal-muhammad-ufc-213-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Jordan Mein and Belal Muhammad fight Saturday during UFC 213 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Jordan Mein enters this fight with a 29-11 record and has won 55 percent of his fights by knockout. Mein has split his last six fights and is coming off a December loss to Emil Weber Meek. Mein is averaging 3.91 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.6 percent. Mein is averaging 1.18 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 70 percent. Mein looks to avoid a third straight loss, as his last victory was in 2014 against Mike Pyle. Mein still…

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Jordan Mein and Belal Muhammad fight Saturday during UFC 213 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Jordan Mein enters this fight with a 29-11 record and has won 55 percent of his fights by knockout. Mein has split his last six fights and is coming off a December loss to Emil Weber Meek. Mein is averaging 3.91 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.6 percent. Mein is averaging 1.18 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 70 percent. Mein looks to avoid a third straight loss, as his last victory was in 2014 against Mike Pyle. Mein still can't be overlooked due to his recent struggles, as his athleticism and quickness make him a threat against anyone. Mein closes well, can strike from distance and has great power with 16 of his 29 wins being knockouts. Mein should also be fresh for this fight with just one under his belt since 2015. This will be Mein’s third fight in Las Vegas.

Belal Muhammad enters this fight with a 11-2 record and has won 64 percent of his fights by decision. Muhammad has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a February win over Randy Brown. Muhammad is averaging 4.76 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.5 percent. Muhammad is averaging 2.3 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 41.1 percent. Muhammad is now 2-2 in UFC and will fight for the sixth time since last April. Muhammad is a balanced fighter who is a polished striker when standing up, and he's produced seven takedowns in four UFC fights. Muhammad can hold his own in both areas, but eight of his 13 fights have ended in decision, so he's not much of a finisher. This will be Muhammad’s second fight in Las Vegas.

Muhammad is the more balanced fighter and would have a nice advantage on the canvas if he's successful with his takedowns. However, Mein is the slightly bigger fighter and has to love his chances when standing up. If Mein can use his quickness and athleticism to land strikes, he has a chance to end this thing. Muhammad isn't much of a finisher, and it's going to be tough to outlast a powerful striker such as Mein, who is hungry for a victory, especially after returning from retirement. This is a favorable fight for Mein.

Give me the Canadian for the victory.

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Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:15:58 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87876
<![CDATA[Jessica Eye vs. Aspen Ladd UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/7/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/07/07/jessica-eye-vs-aspen-ladd-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Jessica Eye and Aspen Ladd fight Friday during The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale at the T-Mobile Arena.

Jessica Eye enters this fight with a 11-6 record and has won 64 percent of her fights by decision. Eye has lost her last four fights and is coming off a September loss to Bethe Correia. Eye is averaging 3.52 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 36.7 percent. Eye is averaging 0.16 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Eye needs a victory here considering she hasn't won since her 2014 bout with Leslie Smith.…

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Jessica Eye and Aspen Ladd fight Friday during The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale at the T-Mobile Arena.

Jessica Eye enters this fight with a 11-6 record and has won 64 percent of her fights by decision. Eye has lost her last four fights and is coming off a September loss to Bethe Correia. Eye is averaging 3.52 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 36.7 percent. Eye is averaging 0.16 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Eye needs a victory here considering she hasn't won since her 2014 bout with Leslie Smith. The good news for Eye is that five of her six losses have come by decision, so it's not like she's getting beat up out here. Eye is a tough nosed fighter with terrific striking ability and hand speed. Even with Eye and her struggles, you can't count her out due to her toughness and willingness to get after it in the octagon. This will be Eye’s third fight in Las Vegas.

Aspen Ladd enters this fight with a 5-0 record and has won 60 percent of her fights by knockout. This will be Ladd’s fourth fight since 2016 and is coming off a January win over Sijara Eubanks. Ladd will make her UFC debut after dominating the Invicta Fighting Championships that includes three knockouts and one submission. Ladd is still developing as a striker at 22 years old, but she's aggressive with her takedowns and is very tough to get off once she gets her opponent on the canvas. Ladd is a smart fighter who positions herself well and is a great athlete who can find an advantage quickly on the canvas. The only concern is Ladd’s lack of competition, as four of her five opponents have losing or .500 records. This will be Ladd’s second fight in Las Vegas.

There may not be a fighter who needs a victory more than Eye, as losing her fifth straight fight would be a bad look, especially against a young 22-year-old making her first big fight debut. And even with the desperation, I’m siding with Ladd to get the victory. Eye simply hasn't looked good in her last few fights and has a history of struggling when her opponent is aggressive with takedowns. Ladd can't strike with Eye at this point in her career, but she will have the advantage in the clinch and on the canvas. As long as Ladd can pressure Eye and take away her striking, she should love her chances.

I like Ladd to remain undefeated.

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Sun, 18 Jun 2017 15:24:54 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87870